Got back from the WON Bass Pro-AM at Clear Lake last night. Fished with boater Shawn Lee on Saturday, keying in on chunk rock with jigs and drop shot, to put 21.7 in the boat and good for 9th place after day 1. We had a good limit by 8:45 and kept culling little by little, but never got the huge bite we needed to separate ourselves from the pack.
On day 2 I fished with local pro Brian Bailey. We grinded all day, putting some smaller fish in the boat early on drop shots and flick shakes. Most of our better fish came on frogs later in the day fishing the backwaters. Ended up hooking myself in the leg with a Lunker Punker past the barb as I kneeled to net one of Brian’s fish over a dock. Used the braid wrapping trick to yank it out very successfully and quickly and got back to fishing. We ended the day with 18.3, unable to get the big bite.
I ended up finishing the tournament in 20th place with just over 40lbs.. The standings were very tight with just over 42lbs for 10th place and 44 for 5th.
If you don’t know how to remove a hook from your skin, I suggest you look up “removing a fishing hook from skin” on youtube and watch a few videos. Having done it before made it a quick and harmless process for me, even with a fairly larger hook.
Some of the baits that were working for us were:
6″ Roboworm Margarita Mutilator/Morning Dawn w/ a Roboworm Rebarb hook.
Snag Proof Ish’s Phat Frog in Cali and Buck Nasty. (darker bodies)